Daily Brief

Feb. 20, 2023

Admiral Levine to Speak at KU's 19th Annual Social Work Community Forum March 3

The Kutztown University Department of Social Work will host the 19th annual Community Forum Friday, March 3, including keynote speaker Admiral Rachel L. Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This in-person event brings together social work professionals, university community members and community leaders to raise awareness and develop solutions to community needs, particularly as they pertain to families. The Community Forum is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium. Levine is scheduled to speak at 9:20 a.m., followed by a Q&A session. Registration for the event is open to the public and admission is free. To register, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CForum2023.

University Relations


Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger

Weak disturbance passes through during midday and may provide a scattered shower. Mostly cloudy conditions are expected. High temperature near 55.


Register for the First FYE Conference

If you haven't done so yet, please register for the first FYE conference to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23, McFarland Student Union. The conference is free and open to any member of the KU community (faculty, staff, student). Please register here for the conference, especially if you plan to attend the lunch. Lunch will be provided to the first 150 registrants. In addition, a certificate of attendance will be awarded to all registered participants. The registration deadline is Friday, March 10. Please share this information with your students and encourage them to register.

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Tobacco Industry and African American Communities Awareness

Please let students know Freedom From Smoking/Vaping is available for students by contacting via email. The tobacco industry marketed to African American communities for decades with advertising and financial sponsorships. They continue to aim to initiate new tobacco users and reinforce those who develop a strong relationship with smoking. There are lower rates of use among African Americans at 14.6% when comparing 15% among whites and 9.8% of Hispanics (2018 National Health Interview Survey). We see a higher number of tobacco-related deaths are likely because of exposure to secondhand smoke (Truth Initiative). We all benefit from raising awareness about tobacco disparities in communities to encourage others to decrease tobacco use and become a better-informed society.

Frances C. Cortez Funk, Health & Wellness Services


Call for Nominations Deadline: Chambliss Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement Awards

The deadline for nominations for the Chambliss Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement Awards is a few days away. Faculty and staff, please nominate undergraduate students, graduating in December 2022 or May 2023, for this prestigious award prior to the Tuesday, Feb. 21 deadline. Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more categories. A list of categories and a nomination form can be found here

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success & Academic Excellence

University Curriculum Committee

The University Curriculum Committee will meet 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 via Zoom. To join the Zoom meeting please click here. The link can also be found on the UCC Document Submissions SharePoint page.

Brian Meares, University Curriculum Committee

Graduate Assistantships

A call for application for graduate assistants for Fall 2023 has been sent to division leaders, current graduate assistant supervisors and graduate council. Please remember that you must complete the application each year even if you are continuing with the same graduate assistant(s).

John Ward, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 21 11 a.m. VP for EMSA: Candidate B
135 Rickenbach Learning Center
Feb. 21 6 p.m. Film Screening: "The World's Most Expensive Home"
120 Sharadin
Feb. 22 11 a.m. VP for EMSA: Candidate C
135 Rickenbach Learning Center
Feb. 23 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee


Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Non-Discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.